Public Housing & Project Based Voucher Waitlist Openings - February 27, 2023Public Housing & Project Based Voucher Waitlist Openings - February 27, 2023

RRHA to Open Public Housing & PBV Waitlists on February 27, 2023

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA (February 10, 2023) — Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA) will open six (6) public housing and project-based voucher (PBV) waitlists of various bedroom sizes on Monday, February 27, 2023.

A project-based voucher (PBV) is a housing choice voucher where the subsidy stays with the unit, not the individual voucher holder.

The pre-application period for the PBV waitlists will end March 3, 2023, but will remain open for certain public housing bedroom sizes. 

Four (4) of the six (6) waitlist communities are new to RRHA’s portfolio. The waitlists opening on February 27, 2023, include:

  • Public Housing: four (4) and five (5) bedroom units in various communities
  • Armstrong Renaissance 2B (62 and older): one (1) & two (2) bedroom units
  • Cool Lane Apartments: studio and one (1) bedroom units NEW!
  • Urbana at Hioaks: two (2) and three (3) bedroom units NEW!
  • The Heights at Brady Square: one (1), two (2) and three (3) bedroom units NEW!
  • Brook Villas: two (2) and three (3) bedroom units NEW!

“RRHA is making significant strides to house more people on our current waiting list. Our goal continues to be to minimize the impact of those on other waitlists who are in need of housing by reopening them when we are able to cut the wait time down to less than six months for housing.”

Steven Nesmith, RRHA Chief Executive Officer

To apply for these units, visit and click the “Applicant Portal” box at the top of the page. Log in or click on “Click here to register” in the box at the bottom of the page. Enter your registration code or complete the personal details section to be assigned a registration code, if you do not have one.

Applicants who have challenges applying or logging in should call the RRHA Customer Call Center at (804) 780-4200.

Paper applications are no longer distributed or accepted by mail, fax, or in person. “Our entire application process is now online,” said Fatimah Smothers-Hargrove, Vice President of the Housing Choice Voucher and Tenant Selection Office.

For questions concerning the RRHA waitlist, contact an Assisted Housing Specialist or RRHA’s Call Center at (804) 780-4200. You may also email the Housing Choice Voucher and Tenant Selection Office at All emails will receive a response within two business days.

Waitlist Openings FAQ

Are all of RRHA’s waitlists opening?

No. On February 27, RRHA will be opening PUBLIC HOUSING and five (5) PROJECT-BASED VOUCHER waitlists, only.

What is a project-based voucher waitlist?

A project-based voucher (PBV) is a housing
choice voucher where the subsidy stays with the unit, not the individual voucher holder.        

Why not open all waitlists?

Waitlists are open according to availability. RRHA is opening the waitlists that have availability in an attempt to cut down the wait time to twelve (12) months or less
for persons in need of that specific bedroom size.

What are the bedroom sizes that are opening?

See chart below:

Name of CommunityBedroom Size Available
Public Housing4 and 5 bedrooms
Armstrong Renaissance 2B (Senior – 62 and older)1 and 2 bedrooms
Cool Lane ApartmentsStudio and 1 bedroom
Urbana at Hioaks2 and 3 bedrooms
The Heights at Brady Square1, 2, and 3 bedrooms
Brook Villas2 and 3 bedrooms

I have been on the waitlist for several years, so will I get housing when the waitlist

Each waitlist is separate, it can depend on several factors such as but not limited to the number of vacancies at the property, your position on the waitlist, the type of housing unit you have selected (ADA or handicap accessible) and your family composition. Waitlist openings do not guarantee placement into housing.

When will the other waitlists be open?

Waitlists are open based upon unit availability.

How do I get on the waitlist?

  1. Visit
  2. Click on “Applicant Portal” at the top of the page.

    Returning Users: Type in your email and password OR “forgot password”

    First Time Users: Click “I do not have a registration code” – (if it’s later determined applicant is recognized by our system and a registration code is needed the code can be provided via the call center 804-780-4200)
  3. Complete “Personal Details” & “Account Information” sections
  4. Accept Terms & Conditions
  5. Click “Register”

How do I check my place in line on the current waitlist?

Log into the Applicant Portal and then click on “waitlist status”.

What do I do if I am having trouble logging in?

Contact the customer call center at (804) 780-4200 to assist with updating email addresses, password resets, and registration codes.